Improving your fitness has many well-documented health and appearance benefits, but few people rarely consider the social benefits of being fit. Marcus Taylor, co-author of the book Get Noticed, talks about five ways that being fit improves the size and quality of your social circle.
When you exercise, you trigger the release of thousands of chemical reactions around your body, which affect your mindset, and ultimately have a knock on effect on your social life.
First of all, thereâ€™s the boost in endorphins, which make you more positive.
1) A Positive mindset attracts positive people
The endorphins produced in your body from exercise make you feel great. Anyone who has broken a sweat doing exercise will know that it often gives you a boost of positivity. As humans, we magnetize whatever we think about into our lives. When you think positively, positive people will be more attracted to you, as it will be apparent that you share that value. Being positive attracts great people into your life.
2) Productivity improves your ability to get things done
Richard Branson is renowned for saying that his number one productivity tip is to work out. Exercise clears the mind, allows positivity to thrive, and creates motivation. Being motivated helps you to get more done and to work more effectively at whatever youâ€™re trying to achieve. When you get things done, you naturally start meeting more people in a strange indirect way because your passion starts pushing you to meet new people.
3) Exercise breeds confidence
When youâ€™ve just worked out, not only do you feel great but you probably look great too (maybe after a shower!) the boost in confidence that you get from exercising will make meeting people much easier.
4) Fitness is a shared interest
Many people talk about fitness and sport as a social topic of conversation. If you want to meet fit and healthy people, itâ€™s likely to be something they hold as an interest and enjoy talking about. Engaging in fitness and sport will help you develop your â€˜conversational bank of knowledgeâ€™ around the topic so that you can hold interesting and engaging conversations with like-minded people.
5) Group exercise is an opportunity to meet people
When you exercise in a group, such as at a gym or in a sports club you are surrounded by people who share your interest in becoming fit. These are people you can speak to, befriend, and build strong relationships with.